This two-day weekend stool making course is an opportunity to make a comfortable four-legged stool in ash and tulipwood. It can be taken as a one-off course purely for the satisfaction of making this useful and attractive piece of furniture, or as an introduction to Windsor chairmaking.
Many of the techniques used in making the stool are used in making chairs on the 5-day course. Students will turn the legs on a lathe, shape the seat with travisher and spokehaves, assemble the stool and apply an attractive finish. Although some, or all, of the processes may be new to students, no previous experience is required and instruction and support will be given as necessary throughout the weekend.
All materials and use of tools are included in the price of the course as well as generous food and refreshments during the day. Accommodation, if needed, is extra and an accommodation list is available elsewhere on the website.
Course details and booking information
Next courses: April 28-29 and June 30- July 1, 2018
Cost of course: £280
The hours are as follows:
- Saturday 0830 to 1800
- Sunday 0830 to 1500
To book a place, please email James Mursell or telephone on 07733 543 022 to check that a place is available.
A deposit of £100 is required to make a booking (payable online or by cheque payable to The Windsor Workshop).
Please read Conditions of Booking as these will apply in the event of cancelling a place on a course.
“Just a quick note to say thank you for the excellent weekend we shared with you and your wife whilst making our stools. We still both ache in places we didn’t even know we had places, but the two stools are now in pride of place in each of our homes and make us smile and forget all the aches and pains.
It was a very pleasant experience and the first time I have ever made anything with so much pure hand-craft involved. Being an engineer, I tend to do things with the minimum of manual effort, if I can arrange it. Making the stool showed me a whole different way of doing things, and gave me the strange realisation that a slightly wonky circle and a ripply top were much nicer than geometrically perfect ones. Thank you again.”
(JM and daughter)
No previous experience is necessary to successfully complete a Windsor chair making course and yet experienced woodworkers will still be fully challenged. Individual guidance and assistance will be provided as appropriate, and every effort will be made to ensure a rewarding and enjoyable course.
Written by James Mursell, this book was the first new book about the making and design of Windsor chairs for over 10 years. It was written with a broad readership in mind and is aimed at existing Windsor chair makers and also at those who are contemplating making their first chair.
Ben Orford makes the blades for my travishers.
Watch his short video about this great tool and the uses it can be put to.
“This tool is phenomenal. I bought two, one for myself and another for my Windsor chairmaker instructor. Compared to the other travishers I have used, yours is very good to work with and everyone who has tried it loves it. I just ordered a second one and your two spokeshaves which I trust will be as enjoyable to use. Thanks again for making such great tools.” LG (USA) 2015